[CT Birds] 1/3/15 - "COMMON" MEW GULL, Southbury

Nick Bonomo nbonomo at gmail.com
Sat Jan 3 18:59:52 EST 2015

As previously reported, there was an adult MEW GULL of the nominate race
(L. c. canus, often called Common Gull) along the Housatonic River area
below the Shepaug Dam in Southbury today. The bird was seen roosting on the
west bank of the river, roosting in fields at Mitchell Farm, and perching
atop the farm buildings. Sightings ranged from noon to about 2pm, when the
snow really started to come down and most of the gulls dispersed.

For those looking, the farm is at the intersection of River Rd and Purchase
Brook Rd. The gull flocks move around a lot. Patrick posted the following
last winter: "The flock moves around quite a bit.  At times the gulls have
been feeding or roosting in the fields on either side of Purchase Brook
Road at Mitchell Farm.  Please do not trespass on Mitchell Farm, or get out
of cars on River Road west of intersection with Purchase Brook (signs
posted to remain in vehicle).  Traffic on River Road can travel fast."

After comparing images, this looks to be the same individual found by
Patrick Comins last winter that stuck around for a few days.

Also present were a first cycle ICELAND GULL and a second cycle LESSER

Images are posted here:

Nick Bonomo
Wallingford, CT

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